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09/19/19 – Board Approves Next Steps for Potential Lacrosse Sanctioning

2019-2020 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2019

The Board of Control approved a recommendation on Thursday to appoint a sport-specific focus group to study the sanctioning of boys’ and girls’ lacrosse following a survey of the membership. Earlier this month, the Association asked the designated representative for each member school to provide feedback on the possibilities of adding lacrosse as a sanctioned sport in either the fall or the spring. The membership responded positively that they would have a team and enter championship competition if the KHSAA were to conduct a spring lacrosse championship for both boys (56 votes) and girls (54 votes). Interest for a fall championship failed to meet the required 50-school threshold for further consideration.

Following review of the survey, the Board approved a recommendation from staff to form a focus group to confirm genuine interest in schools adding lacrosse should the KHSAA sanction a spring championship, with the earliest implementation being for […]

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09/05/19- Interest Survey-Championship-KHSAA Lacrosse

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As we have detailed in the regional meetings, the Board of Control desires additional feedback and clarification from schools on a prior triennial survey. This survey deals with LACROSSE and one response will be accepted per school. Duplicate responses will be deleted and the response from the Principal will take precedence over the Athletic Director in the event of duplication. It is an individual school administrator determination if other individuals are consulted prior to response. The deadline for submission is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019.

The survey is located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Lacrosse2019

The KHSAA relies heavily on its triennial survey to determine the interest of its membership in adding a new sport or sport-activity. However, there are times in the interim when the Board of Control and the Commissioner receive enough interest in a particular sport or sport-activity that additional research is need.

The Board has asked the Commissioner to poll the schools about the membership […]

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09/05/19- State Tennis Team Championship Survey Information

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As we have detailed in the regional meetings, the Board of Control desires additional feedback and clarification from schools on a prior survey. This survey deals with TENNIS and one response will be accepted per school. Duplicate responses will be deleted and the response from the Principal will take precedence over the Athletic Director in the event of duplication. It is an individual school administrator determination if other individuals are consulted prior to response. The deadline for submission is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019.

Before you complete the survey, you will need to know how many singles players and doubles teams were entered from your school last spring.

The survey is located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TeamTennisFormat2019Survey

The Board of Control has received requests from members of the recently formed Kentucky High School Tennis Coaches Association to replace the current format with a team vs. team, school vs. school format, or to conduct both the […]

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08/29/19 – First Time “Coaching Cross Country” Course Now Available in NFHS Learning Center

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 29, 2019) — For the first time, cross country coaches now have a learning resource through “Coaching Cross Country,” an online education course available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center at www.NFHSlearn.com.

Cross country is both a team and individual sport that demands great fitness, endurance and a drive to compete.

“We are excited to offer this course for cross country coaches,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “For the first time, cross country coaches now have a course in the NFHS Learning Center.”

Created in association with USA Track and Field, the course is designed to help coaches learn more to teach the skills of cross country to their students.

“Our goal is to assist coaches with courses that are specifically tailored to the needs of their students,” Schuster said. “We have had a track and field course available for a few […]

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08/21/19- KHSAA to Host Middle School AD Workshop

Athletic Department Blog Updates

For the first time, the KHSAA will conduct a workshop specifically designed for Middle School Athletic Administrators (ADs). The workshop will be held at the KHSAA offices in Lexington, 2280 Executive Drive, on Monday, September 16. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and should conclude by 2:30. There is no fee to register.

Registration for the meeting will be limited to the first 125 middle school administrators that register. In order to register, visit the link at https://khsaa.org/ms02-middle-school-athletic-administrator-workshop-registration/

The content of the meeting will be a thorough review of 702 KAR 7:065, Section 4, which is the state regulation governing middle school play. In addition, helpful guidance will be presented to ensure proper interpretation and application of the provisions of the regulation.

KHSAA Staff, including the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh who currently serves as the designated representative on staff related to this regulation, will be present to offer both explanation and […]

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08/21/19- Reminder about KHSAA Annual Meeting, Newer Athletic Administrators Workshop

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As was noticed in two July 31 memos to our membership, registration for both the newer Athletic Administrators Workshop on September 17 and the KHSAA Annual Meeting on September 18. For those that desire housing, there is a block of rooms being held at the Hyatt Regency for September 17 but those rooms must be reserved by August 27 using the instructions in the original memo.

NEWER ADMINISTRATORS WORKSHOP INFORMATION
The complete memo with links to register etc. for the newer athletic director institute is located at https://khsaa.org/07-30-19-advanced-athletic-director-training-institute/

The registration form for the newer athletic director institute is located at https://schools.khsaa.org/ge47-advanced-athletic-administrators-institute-form/

The list of those registered thus far for the Newer Administrators Workshop is at https://khsaa.org/2019-2020-newer-athletic-administrators-workshop-listing/

ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION
The complete memo with links to register etc. for the Annual Meeting (Delegate Assembly) is located at https://khsaa.org/07-30-19-2019-khsaa-annual-meeting-reminder/

The registration form for the Annual Meeting is located at https://schools.khsaa.org/ge38-annual-meeting-delegate-designation/

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08/21/19- Reminder about Title IX Specific Workshops

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As was previously announced at our Regional Meetings, the KHSAA will be conducting two Title IX Workshops for 2019-20. The first will be on Friday morning, September 13 at Caldwell County High School in Princeton at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. The second will be on Friday morning, September 20 at Rowan County High School in Morehead at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

This workshop should be extremely beneficial for all member schools, especially as schools prepare for re-visits during the coming years. Registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the venue. EILA credit has been applied for in order to help the appropriate administrators who attend and in addition, this meeting will count three (3) hours toward the Bylaw 25 required hours for Athletic Directors. The meetings should conclude by 12:30 p.m. The focus of this meeting will be the elements of Title IX as it relates to the management of the […]

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08/20/19- 2019-2020 Regional Meeting Attendance Listing

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08/20/19 – Tentative Host Sites for 2019 Regionals in Cross Country

Athletic Department Blog Updates

*As of 08/20/19, the following schools are tentative sites for the 2019 Cross Country Regionals.

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08/15/19- CPR of Indiana again offers KHSAA Members Rare Discounted AED program

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA is proud to again partner Bill Callahan and the CPR Institute of Indiana to offer the chance for KHSAA member schools to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at a deeply discounted price for a limited time. The program has been accepted by the KHSAA Sports Medicine Committee (member doctors of the KMA) and the price is the product of great work between CPR Institute and the NFHS Foundation.

A product flier with complete details is located on the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/sportsmedicine/Kentucky%20Document%20for%20Philips%20AED%20Units.pdf. Those units are currently selling on Amazon.com for just under $1300 not including a nearly $100 carrying case. 

Through this offer from CPR of Indiana, the cost of the units is only $700 per unit (including a wall mounting unit), plus applicable shipping. For those schools that desire, tell Bill you want the unit delivered to the KHSAA Annual Meeting on September 18 in Lexington and your delegate can pick up […]

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08/09/19- Football Contact Practice Reminder

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This notice to all schools that offer football within the Association in response to a variety of inquiries.

Per Bylaw 23 (Limitation of Seasons), coaches should note that per the bylaw, once the first interscholastic activity occurs in pads (scrimmage or contest), Level “3” Thud or Level “4” Live Action (which are both considered contact) is limited to ninety-minutes per week (not including contests or scrimmages). Specifically within the bylaw, subsection 12 on the third page of the regulation, it states “Beginning Monday of the week the first scrimmage is played by the school, each school may participate in “Thud” or “Live Action” drills and game time simulations (not including contests or legal scrimmages) for no more than ninety-minutes per team, per week.“

This important rule is not new and applies to both middle and high school play.

For the complete regulation on practice and play, see the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/common_documents/handbook/bylaws/bylaw23.pdf.

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08/09/19- Final Reminder, 2019-2020 Regional Meetings of the Membership

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As was noticed on the July 17 memo, the regional meetings of the membership begin on Monday, August 12. This meeting is one of the very few requirements for maintaining membership in good standing with the KHSAA.

The first meeting will be held at Glasgow High School beginning at 8 a.m.

The schedule of meetings is as follows:
Monday, August 12, 2019, Glasgow HS
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Hopkins County Central HS, Madisonville 
Monday, August 19, 2019, KHSAA Offices, Lexington
Tuesday, August 20, 2019, Letcher County Central HS, Whitesburg
Thursday, August 22, 2019, Boyd County HS, Ashland
Monday, August 26, 2019, Pulaski County HS, Somerset
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, Owen County HS, Owenton
Thursday, September 12, 2019, Valley High School, Louisville

The complete memo with links to register etc. is located at https://khsaa.org/071719-2019-2020-regional-athletic-administrators-meetings-of-membership/

The registration form for the meeting is located at https://schools.khsaa.org/ge45-regional-meeting-registration/

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08/08/19 – Reminder about Schedules, Stats Collection Requirement and Renewed Penalties for Noncompliance

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Entering the 2019-20 academic year, the Association will have an increased emphasis on the collection of statistical data in its team sports and the requirement of member schools to submit information in a timely manner. During the course of the 2018-19 season, enhancements were made to the Association’s statistical entry software at a significant cost, including the addition of volleyball, field hockey, baseball and softball.

As further enhancements are rolled out in the coming weeks and months, the requirement of member schools to submit their information will be more stringently enforced. As has been the case for several years, statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats have long been subject to penalties within the constraints of Bylaw 27. For 2019-20, these penalties will involve fines levied for failure to submit statistics, with the first application of these sanctions to occur during the latter weeks […]

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08/07/19 – HYPE Student Leadership Conferences Registration Now Open

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Registration is now open for the 2019 KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences. 

DATES
Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30 (two separate individual one-day conferences)

LOCATION
Lexington Convention Center (430 W. Vine St., Lexington, next to Rupp Arena) – Bluegrass Ballroom

COST
There is no charge to attend.  Schools are responsible for transportation and any meals.

REGISTER
To register (Click Here to Register).

LUNCH
Lunch will be “on your own”.

ATTENDEES
Each school may select up to 18 individuals to attend.  Registration is first-come-first-served and the Lexington Conferences are traditionally at capacity.  Those that have attended a conference previously are not eligible to attend.

SCHEDULE
8:15-8:40 a.m. – Registration
8:45-9:05 a.m. – Opening Session
9:15-10:05 a.m. – Breakout Session #1
10:15-11:05 a.m. – Breakout Session #2
11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. – Breakout Session #3
12:15-12:55 p.m. – Featured Speaker Harvey Alston “Be the […]

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07/30/19- Advanced Athletic Director Training Institute

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This is intended for all KHSAA member school Superintendents, Principals, and Athletic Directors and the links can be forwarded as needed.

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR INSTITUTE

The 2019 KHSAA Athletic Director Institute will be held at the KHSAA offices in Lexington on Tuesday, September 17. Designed for ADs of all experience levels, this meeting will begin with registration around 8:30, conclude before 3:00. A light lunch (sandwich box, etc.) will be provided by the KHSAA for those who register prior to September 12. There will be a short break following this meeting and then those who optionally choose to do so may choose to attend the expanded training being offered by the KHSADA that evening.

The KHSAA staff will conduct the first portion of the meeting which should afford our newer and veteran ADs an in-depth review of all 27 KHSAA Bylaws, a review of required forms and procedures and other vital segments to allow for continuous […]

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07/30/19-Reminder about NCAA Recruiting Windows and KHSAA Bylaw 9

Athletic Department Blog Updates

We have received several inquiries about upcoming “recruiting” events being held during the month of August. With various start dates for school in Kentucky, Bylaw 9 can impact the eligibility of students and in many cases, without their advance knowledge, if events are held at the “wrong” time of the month and their school happens to start very early compared to others.

Keep in mind that Bylaw 9 restricts basketball players (and does not apply to any sport other than basketball or football) who have BOTH been enrolled in the 9th grade and THEN subsequently has played for the school (freshman, junior varsity or varsity) in a contest. The complete text of the rule is located at https://khsaa.org/common_documents/handbook/bylaws/bylaw9.pdf.

There are two exemptions for both boys and girls that have been approved by the membership during the period beginning with the first day of school and October 14.

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07/30/19- 2019 KHSAA Annual Meeting Reminder

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This is intended for all KHSAA member school Superintendents, Principals, and Athletic Directors and the links can be forwarded as needed.

ANNUAL MEETING

This reminder that the 2019 Annual Meeting of the membership of the KHSAA is to be held on Wednesday, September 18 in the Bluegrass Ballroom on the third floor at the Lexington Center (High Street level, adjacent to the concourse of Rupp Arena). Final agenda is being published as it becomes final in the coming weeks, but the meeting is expected to begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET. and conclude not later than 12:30 p.m. Details and requirements for the Annual Meeting Delegate are summarized below. To submit the name of your delegate, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ge38-annual-meeting-delegate-designation/

ANNUAL MEETING DELEGATE DESIGNATION

The Annual Meeting has continuous improvement/leadership training opportunities throughout the morning as members work to carve out the best plan of action for the future and then the meeting […]

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07/17/19- 2019-2020 Regional Athletic Administrators Meetings of Membership

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This reminder is for all member school Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors within the KHSAA. 

For the fall of 2019, the KHSAA will again conduct a series of eight regional meetings to help our athletic administrators meet the membership requirement of attending this type of meeting once per year.

Per the membership guidelines, attendance is required of each school but is no longer specific to the principal or principal certification. The Principal or the Designated Representative listed on the KHSAA website will count toward each requirement. Also, this workshop is on the list of those items that satisfy the requirements for the continuing improvement hours for each Athletic Director per Bylaw 25. There is no registration fee.

The content for the segments will include sessions on managing the coach and player data for your school, a review of the KHSAA Bylaws, an update on the operations and projects around the KHSAA and many required reports and […]

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07/17/19- Heat and Humidity Reminders for Member Schools Representatives

2019-2020 News Releases

With temperatures rising across the state and predictions for record temperatures in the coming days, now is a good time to remind all of our school administrators and coaches of the requirements of the Heat Index and Heat Illness prevention program. The complete program is detailed at https://khsaa.org/common_documents/handbook/policies/policies-heatilllnesspolicy.pdf

No game or plan for a game or practice for a game is worth short-cutting this required procedure that is now more than fifteen years old. Nothing about the program has changed with the exception of the inclusion of the ability to use the wet bulb globe to monitor conditions, but with the turnover in coaches (and administrators) perhaps a few heat index and illness reminders are helpful:

  • Heat index requirements and restrictions apply (and have always applied) to outdoor and indoor sports. In many cases during the summer, indoor practice areas (including gymnasiums) are set to be electronically controlled in terms of temperature and coaches […]

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07/16/19 – “Coaching Field Hockey” Course Added to NFHS Learning Center

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 16, 2019) — Field hockey coaches can now take advantage of a new coaching resource, “Coaching Field Hockey,” an online education course available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center at www.NFHSlearn.com.

Created in association with USA Field Hockey, the course is designed to help coaches teach the individual and team skills of field hockey.

“We’re pleased to offer this course for high school field hockey coaches,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “This course is full of skills videos to teach coaches how to properly demonstrate the skills of field hockey.”

“The two new online courses, Coaching Field Hockey and Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping, were created to help high school coaches and their athletes and teams to succeed,” said Craig Parnham, USA Field Hockey director of coach education and learning. “Both courses are intended to support development of the technical and tactical aspects […]

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06/27/19 – New Definition for Damaged Bats Highlights High School Softball Rules Changes

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 27, 2019) —A new definition for a damaged bat is one of three high school softball rules changes for the 2020 season.

The three rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee at its June 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

A damaged bat will now be defined as a bat that was once legal, but is broken, cracked, dented, rattles or has sharp edges that might deface the ball (Rules 1-5-1, 7-4-2, 2-4-3).

Previously, a damaged bat was considered an illegal bat, with the penalty being an out when the batter entered the batter’s box. Now, damaged bats are simply removed from the game without penalty.

“This rule defines damaged bats and distinguishes them from non-approved and altered bats,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. “The committee […]

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06/27/19 – Assisting Injured Athletes, Expansion of Exchange Zones Among Rules Changes in Track and Field/Cross Country

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 27, 2019) — The expansion of exchange zones in short relay events, which does not require tracks to be repainted/resurfaced, as well as assisting injured athletes, are among the rules changes for high school track and field and cross country.

Seven rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee at its June 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The first change amends notes in Rule 4 (Competitors and Competition) and Rule 8 (Cross Country) which reads, “A competitor who provides assistance to an injured or ill competitor should not be disqualified if neither the individual competitor providing the assistance nor his/her team gains an advantage as a result of providing the assistance.”

“Previous changes to the NFHS rules created the exception that allows a competitor to assist an […]

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06/27/19 – Expanded Designated Hitter Role Coming to High School Baseball

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 27, 2019) — The role of the designated hitter in high school baseball has been expanded to give coaches an additional option for the 2020 season.

The revision to Rule 3-1-4 was the only change recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis. The change was subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The game is in the best shape it has ever been in the history of high school baseball,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee. “This has allowed coaches to coach, players to play and umpires to umpire. This change, which was organic and intuitive, expands the role of the designated hitter and meets the desires of the high school baseball community.”

There are now two scenarios in which a designated hitter may be […]

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06/13/19 – Field Hockey Goalkeeping Course Added to NFHS Learning Center

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 13, 2019) — “Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping,” an online education course produced in partnership with USA Field Hockey, has been added to the available courses on the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSlearn.com.

“Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping” is a sport-specific course that demonstrates the skills, techniques and tactics of playing the goalkeeper position in field hockey. As the last line of defense, goalkeepers require unique and supportive teaching and training.

“We’re excited to offer this professional development opportunity for field hockey coaches and look forward to expanding coaches’ knowledge of the game,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services.

“Teaching, developing, motivating and including goalkeepers in training is an important part of team development and a common challenge, especially for coaches who have never played the position,” said Craig Parnham, USA Field Hockey director of coach education and learning. “This course focuses on the basic techniques and includes simple exercises to […]

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05/29/19 – Triple Threat, Academic All-State Honorees Finalized for 2018-19

2018-2019 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2019

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association today announced final counts for its “Triple Threat Award” and “Academic All-State” recognition programs for the 2018-19 academic year. In its second year of existence, the Triple Threat Award was presented to a total of 1,878 student-athletes for 2018-19, while 151 KHSAA member schools recognized a total of 10,046 students as First Team Academic All-State and 5,772 students as Academic All-State Honorable Mention.

“We are very pleased with the participation level of our membership with the Triple Threat and Academic All-State programs,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Both of those processes have been automated to help our membership and make the recognition more readily available to our great student-athletes.”

Created by the Commissioner’s office in May of 2018 as a way to continue the national emphasis and the KHSAA’s own efforts to de-emphasize sports specialization in the athletic culture, the Triple Threat Award […]

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Academic All State Honoree Listing Announced

Academic All-State 2018-19

Initiated in 1985, the KHSAA annually awards to students in the state of Kentucky “Academic All-State” recognition in conjunction with a corporate partner. The awards, in the form of certificates, are presented to students who have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a four-point scale. Those students are awarded “Honorable Mention” recognition. Students maintaining a 3.75 cumulative average on a four-point scale are designated “First Team.” The awards are based on cumulative grade point averages from the time of enrollment in ninth grade, are given only to varsity participants, and only to participants who are enrolled in grades nine through twelve.

For 2018-19, 151 KHSAA member schools recognized a total of 10,046 students as First Team and 5,772 as Honorable Mention. The count of schools and awards are based solely on the participation of the member schools and the certificates are a function of the member school login site provided by the Association. For 2017-18 and for reference, the KHSAA reported a […]

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05/15/19 – Several Equipment Changes Highlight High School Basketball Rules Changes

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 15, 2019) — Five of the seven rules changes in high school basketball concern player equipment, including new uniform provisions that will be required in the 2024-25 season.

All seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Effective with the 2024-25 season, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself. Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult to see in many cases. The other two options in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect.

A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms.

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2019-2020 Approved KHSAA J-1/F-1 Exchange Agencies

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Case BL-7-2- What are the approved J-1 VISA programs for Foreign Exchange Students?
Students holding a J-1 VISA issued by the U.S. Department of State and placed in KHSAA member schools through a CSIET approved agency may be declared eligible by the Association. For more information, contact the CSIET website by going to http://www.csiet.org/. An agency may be removed from the listing at any time for noncompliance with the basic rules regarding random placement of students and other Federal provisions.
At this time, this list contains the following approved J-1 Inbound Programs agencies:
AFICE*
AFS-USA*
American Councils
ACES
AIFS Foundation
Amicus International Student Exchange
Aspect Foundation
ASSE and World Heritage International
ASSIST
ATAD
Ayusa International
Borderless Friends Forever
CASE
Children of All Nations
CETUSA
CIEE
Cultural Homestay International
Educational Merit Foundation
ERDT/SHARE!*
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04/29/19- Getting Smart but Acting Foolishly: There is a Solution (Op-Ed Column)

2018-2019 News Releases

By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

We communicate on smartphones, drive smart cars, make purchases using smart cards and even drink smart water. But, really, how smart are we?

Between college admission and internet privacy scandals, sexual misconduct investigations, stolen trade secrets and the growing concern about how we communicate and connect with each other, technology seems to be outpacing our capacity to understand the most responsible way to use it.

In other words, how are tomorrow’s leaders being groomed to make decisions that provide the perspective, balance, and strength of character that today’s advanced world needs?

The answer is by participating in high school sports like the ones offered by the high schools in Kentucky.

Most researchers agree that leaders are made, not born, through […]

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04/25/19 – Additional Time Given to Evaluate Head, Neck Injuries in High School Wrestling

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 25, 2019) — In an ongoing effort to minimize the risk of injury in high school wrestling, additional time will be given to evaluate head and neck injuries when an appropriate health-care professional is present at a match.

In addition to the 1½ minutes of injury time allotted for each wrestler, an appropriate health-care professional will have a maximum of five minutes to evaluate injuries to the head and neck involving the cervical column and/or nervous systems. At that point, the wrestler would have to continue or default the match.

This revision in injury time in Rule 8-2-4 is one of 17 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 3-5 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

A second injury to the head and neck involving cervical column and/or central nervous system in […]

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Ball Adoptions for 2019-2020 and Beyond

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Reminder to school administrators about the primary points of the KHSAA and its ball adoption agreements.

In an effort to offset the services and events provided by the KHSAA and eliminate passing on a great deal of additional cost to the membership, the association has long entered into official ball adoption agreements. The provisions of these agreements are similar and official ball numbers are listed in the table below.

There is no change in the balls adopted for 2019-2020 and beyond when compared to 2018-2019.

The following provisions are in place in each of the listed sports:

  • A brand specific requirement is in place. For example, the Select Sport soccer ball is required for all use in postseason play (all levels). However, the ball does NOT have to be the Royale model. Specific models are the choice of the member school, however, the administrators should be mindful that dealer price points will likely be in place […]

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04/22/19 – Six Rules Changes Approved in High School Swimming, Diving

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 22, 2019) — Effective with the 2019-20 high school season, a legal finish now requires the competitor to contact either the touchpad or the finish end coinciding with the individual stroke of the race. With this change, swimmers can legally complete a race by touching the finish end (end wall), regardless of whether the touchpad is activated.

This rules revision, which affects the finish of all strokes used in swimming, was one of two swimming and four diving changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at its March 24-26 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 8-1-7 now will require swimmers to contact the finish end in the manner prescribed by the individual strokes. Descriptions of the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle finishes in Rule 8-2 state that a legal finish requires contact with […]

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04/01/19 – List of Items for Annual Required Financial Aid Report

Athletic Department Blog Updates

It is once again that time of year for ALL KHSAA member schools to complete the required annual financial aid report in compliance with Bylaw 11. This report is required of ALL KHSAA member schools. In an effort to assist Principals and Athletic Directors in preparing for this report, this checklist of information is provided so that you can spend a few days gathering the required data and information prior to the request for report completion.

The link to enter the required report will open for completion on April 15. Gathering this information before the link is sent on April 15 should allow you to quickly complete the report in expedited fashion. Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org) will be the contact for sending out the request for submissions and should be able to address any of your questions.

The following is a list of information you should have available when submitting the 2018-2019 Financial Aid Report:

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03/19/19- Reminder about 2018-2019 Title IX and Participation List Submission

Athletic Department Blog Updates

With spring sports in full swing and most schools getting ready to take some form of spring break, it is time to remind each of you that the annual reports for Title IX and the Participation List are due on April 30.

  • If you have specific questions about Title IX and the law itself, our office should be able to help get you some assistance. Asst. Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) is our primary contact for your questions related to the law and its interpretations.
  • Information Technology Director Rob Catron (rcatron@khsaa.org), as well as almost any of our support staff, can help you with electronic issues including login and report preparation using the online system. The online system is currently available for entry.

Roster and Team Requirements

  • All teams that compete interscholastically (against other schools) at any level (freshmen, JV or varsity) in the eighteen sports and sport-activities in which the offers a championship shall be […]

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  • 03/19/19- Golf Realignment and Format Status

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    September, 2018 – Board begins discussions surrounding golf realignment and tournament qualification.

    • Realignment was viewed as long overdue and the Board and staff have spent a great deal of time discussing the state golf tournament and the best way to qualify teams and individuals.
    • The membership through its Principals and Designated Representatives had expressed a desire through various meetings to have the boys and girls in golf in the same region.
    • For several years, golf had twelve regions for boys and eleven for girls.
    • In addition, the Kentucky Golf House had worked with staff and participants to emphasis pace of play at the state tournament in a variety of ways. The staff and Board of Control were aware of this concern, but primarily to the extent that the rounds of golf could be completed each day and not require stayovers to finish incomplete rounds.

    November, 2018 – Board further discusses issues surrounding golf […]

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    01/28/19- Preliminary Information About Calculating the RPI

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    BASICS ABOUT THE RPI

    • RPI will be implemented in all sports as a publicity tool.
    • In Football, the RPI will be incorporated into the tournament rules as a means of seeding Rounds 3, 4 and 5
    • RPI stands for “Ratings Percentage Index”. In short, it is a way to measure a team’s strength relative to other teams, based largely on the strength of their schedules.
    • The RPI formula is used by both the NCAA and NAIA, along with many high school associations and among other organizations, as part of their postseason system.
    • Final details will be released with the first RPI calculations in September, 2019.

    What percentages are being used in the formula?

    • Starting in 2018-19, the formula will be as follows for all sports:
      • Each game RPI = GR*((0.35 × WP) + (0.35 × OWP) + (0.30 × OOWP))
      • Total RPI is summative
      • GR=Game Result. 1.0 for a win, .5 […]

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    01/28/19- Basic Explanation and Plan, the New RPI to be used for Football

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    More Details about the Use of the RPI (Football Only)

    • To be published by Week 6 (hopefully earlier but data not as accurate early)
    • To be frozen after Week 11. This will be labeled “Playoff RPI”
    • Out of State games .50 (fifty percent) per the original plan until able to automatically retrieve all out of state records. Data modeling will occur to compare accuracy.
    • Potential Use to break three-way ties in districts
    • Seed Third Round based on Playoff RPI (all classes)
      • Highest remaining seed in regions 1-4 host fourth highest remaining in regions 1-4;
      • 2nd highest remaining seed in regions 1-4 host third highest remaining seed in regions 1-4;
      • Highest remaining seed in regions 5-8 host fourth highest remaining in regions 5-8;
      • 2nd highest remaining seed in regions 5-8 host third highest remaining seed in regions 5-8.
    • Seed Fourth Round based on Playoff RPI-
      • Highest remaining seed hosts fourth highest […]

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    02/15/19 – Board of Control Election Procedures

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    BOARD OF CONTROL BALLOT – BOARD OF CONTROL ELECTIONS – INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BALLOT:

    • Balloting is ONLY done online for these positions.
    • Balloting is available beginning on February 15.
    • Only the Principal or Designated Representative may vote. The names on file as verified by the KHSAA website at the time of this ballot distribution are listed on the school directory page at http://khsaa.org/general/resources/member-school-directory/.
    • If the wrong individual is listed as the Designated Representative, the correction may be made by anyone with Athletic Director system rights (Principal, AD) prior to the ballot being submitted. For support in correcting these entries, contact Rob Catron or Marilyn Mitchell at the KHSAA offices, however the change will be for all items related to Bylaw 1 and for the remainder of the school year.
    • Those that have multiple system roles (coach, AD, etc.) be sure you select that you are logging in as the […]

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    2/14/19- Reminder to Schools about Esports Rosters and Information

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    For the 2018-2019 school year, KHSAA member schools participating in the sport-activity of esports through the KHSAA/PlayVs partnership are required to enter and maintain their teams, coaches and participants in the KHSAA member school database. THIS STEP DOES NOT REPLACE THE NECESSITY OF REGISTERING COACH AND PARTICIPANT SPECIFIC INFORMATION WITH PLAYVS. If you are participating in esports through another entity (not through PlayVS), please disregard this notice and do not enter your school information.

    DECLARING THAT YOU PARTICIPATED IN KHSAA ESPORTS SEASON ZERO OR SEASON ONE DURING 2018-19

    • As with any other sport/sport-activity, the first step the AD (or other designated administrator) will need to do is update the school’s Sport Participation Information grid to add the team(s) to the database, which will then allow entry of participants and coaches. (Direct link: https://schools.khsaa.org/schools_update/)
    • On this grid, you will now see both of the newly added esports seasons (Esports – Fall and Esports – […]

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    02/12/2019-Commissioner’s Statement on NFHS Football Rule Change Related to Replay

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    KHSAA staff is aware of the rule change and thankfully, we were part of the discussion. At this point, there are no plans to implement replay for our state football championship games, which is likely the only round in which we would consider it at this time. There is also no current plans to implement replay in other sports as well. It would take considerable research into costs, facility equipment, and needed manpower before stepping into this area. We applaud our peer states for their experimentation in this area and are equally proud that they were able during an experimental period to try the rule at minimal cost. We are also aware that for the future, that “minimal cost” will be changing to market pricing and again, have to ask the question of practicality.

    While we all desire the best possible outcomes and all officials strive to “get it right”, this is truly a case where […]

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    02/05/19 – Esports Spring Season Participation Deadline February 8

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Season Zero ended last week with Boyle County High School taking home the first KHSAA esports state title. Congratulations to Coach Laymon and the BoCo Gold team. The livestream of the state championship match is available at https://www.khsaa.tv

    The deadline to join the esports Spring 2019 season is this Friday, February 8th. If your school is interested in participating, please be sure to create an account on PlayVS.com by the deadline to get started. You can still complete your profile and fill out your computer specifications afterward. Players have until February 22nd to sign up and finalize teams.

    GET STARTED ON PLAYVS TODAY

    SPRING 2019 REGULAR SEASON STRUCTURE

    • The regular season will run from the week of February 25th – April 22nd.
    • Matches will be played at 4 p.m. EST on the following days for each league:
      • Tuesdays: League of Legends – Two consecutive […]

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    02/01/19 – 2019-20 High School Volleyball Rules Changes Impact Uniforms, Prematch Protocol

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 1, 2019) — An overhaul of uniform-related rules and an adjustment to team roster submissions were among the most notable rules changes identified for the 2019-20 high school volleyball season.

    All rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee at its January 6-8 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “The sport of volleyball continues to be in a really good place,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. “The rules committee focused its changes this year on improving the administration of the match by taking into account the feedback it received via the 2018 NFHS Volleyball Rules Questionnaire.”

    The changes in uniform rules are a part of Rule 4-2, which reorganizes the uniform rule to improve understanding and eliminate solid-colored uniform requirements.

    Rule 4-2-1, which permits teammates to wear like-colored […]

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    01/31/19 – Criteria for Completing Penalty Corner Among 2019 High School Field Hockey Rules Changes

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 31, 2019) — Rules regarding the completion of a penalty corner were among the changes for the 2019 high school field hockey season.

    All rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee at its January 7-9 meeting in Indianapolis, and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “The Field Hockey Rules Committee continues to examine current trends of the game and work on overall consistency in the rules book,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee. “While the sport continues to prosper, there are areas such as eye protection where the committee feels it is best to continue to research options for the betterment of the sport.”

    Regarding eye protection, the committee voted to delay the requirement for all eye protection to be permanently labeled with the ASTM 2713 standard for field […]

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    1/24/19- Dear Mom and Dad, and in some cases, School Personnel: Cool it (Op-Ed Column)

    2018-2019 News Releases

    By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

    If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Kentucky or one of the key school administrators in a member school or member school district, this message is primarily for you.

    When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, or the members of your student body, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, it’s time for everyone to cool it. “The time has come for everyone involved in the game to “pump the brakes” as it relates to conduct at games, particularly, the parents who attend,” noted NFHS Executive Director Karissa Niehoff.

    Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, […]

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    01/11/19 – Esports Season Zero Playoff Info, Spring Season Update

    2018-2019 News Releases

    The playoffs for Esports Season Zero are underway! Congratulations to Wolves Blue from Wolfe County High School for an undefeated regular season. They will face off against BoCo Black from Boyle County High School in the semifinals next week.

    A huge congratulations to all of the following schools for making it into the Top 8:

    Cardinals 1 from Nelson County
    SDHS from St. Henry District
    Titans from Collins
    Paarthurnax from Warren Central
    BoCo Gold from Boyle County 
    Eagle Level 7 from Johnson Central

    Schools and students alike have seen the tremendous benefits of participating in esports.

    “Collins High School esports has given a select group of students the chance to get out of their comfort zone and be a part of something with our school. It’s fun to see them interact with students they wouldn’t have without this opportunity. Win, lose, or draw this is a success!” – Powell Miller […]

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    12/14/18 – Swimming & Diving Updates & Reminders

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    There are a variety of reminders and updates included below for Swimming & Diving Coaches and participants. The information below supersedes any previous communication/interpretation issued.

    Regular Season Schedule for Both Swimming and Diving
    The Association has been communicating with Invitational meet hosts in an attempt to update the KHSAA website listing. Please review and email Kara Howard (khoward@khsaa.org) with any details if you are hosting any type of swim meet, including a diving invitational. Please include details such as the use of electronic relay equipment, use of wedges and if diving is part of the meet. To report your meet, go to https://khsaa.org/invitational-regular-season-swimming-and-diving-meets/

    Diving Coach Designation
    Administrators, please make sure the information on your diving coach (name and email address) has been entered in the school personnel area through the KHSAA website to assist these coaches in getting proper communications from the office. Even if your swimming coach is also the diving coach, […]

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    12/11/18 – New ACL Injury Prevention Course Available on NFHS Learning Center

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 11, 2018) — A new online education course regarding ACL injury prevention is now available on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center, thanks to a partnership between the NFHS and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).

    The “ACL Injury Prevention” course is part of a sponsorship agreement between the NFHS and the NFHS Network, and HSS, the leading orthopedic hospital in the United States located in New York City. HSS is ranked No. 1 in orthopedics for the ninth consecutive year in 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. The course is available free of charge on the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

    While the course is designed to help coaches reduce the risk of ACL injuries to their student-athletes, it can be beneficial for administrators, students, parents and others as well. The course deals with the causes of ACL injuries, how to identify and correct movement […]

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    12/12/18 – Reminder about Stats Collection REQUIREMENT and Penalties for Noncompliance

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Starting next week, the KHSAA will begin compiling daily statewide statistical leader reports for boys’ and girls’ basketball. The reports will be updated every day at approximately 3 a.m., allowing for more current and up-to-date information to be displayed at KHSAA.org.

    Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties from the Commissioner, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27. Based upon recommendations from the Basketball Advisory Committee in 2016, the fine for schools not in compliance was doubled, as it creates a competitive imbalance for those that do participate.

    The requirement to enter statistics, which has been in place for several years, was reiterated to coaches during the online rules clinic. Statistical entry has the benefit of allowing member schools to highlight and promote the accomplishment of their student-athletes, which should be a priority for all involved […]

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    12/10/18- Early Season Basketball/Wrestling Interpretations

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is being posted on the KHSAA basketball and wrestling web pages, as well as being distributed to all schools, basketball officials, and basketball assigners via email.

    As we begin the basketball and wrestling seasons, three issues have been consistently discussed with communication to and from the KHSAA offices and various association representatives.

    EJECTIONS AND BYLAW 21

    All receiving this communication are reminded that there is no appeal of a judgment call by an official, including ejection of a player or coach. Bylaw 21 is explicit in that not only may protests not be granted, but they may not even be considered. This is not to say that coaches and school representatives should not give feedback to the local assigning secretaries.

    As independent contractors, it is important that the assigners receive feedback as such not only helps the development of the officiating staff in that association but also helps the assigner determine future assignments. But this review […]

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    12/04/18- Football Schools Required to Submit Spring Practice Date Options

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Per KHSAA Bylaw 23, each school must submit its spring practice dates on or before December 15, 2018, for the spring, 2019 spring practice period. Failure to submit these dates by December 15 will result in the school not being permitted to conduct spring practice. This deadline is to be rigidly enforced for 2018-19 so do not delay in submitting.

    Once submitted, these dates cannot be changed. There will be NO extensions due to coaching vacancies, etc. The selection of spring practice is solely a function of the school calendar and not personnel.
    THE SETTING OF THESE DATES IS A FUNCTION OF SCHOOL CALENDAR AND NOT PERSONNEL.

    Go to this link —
    http://khsaa.org/fb103-spring-practice-dates-designation/ and submit your dates for 2019 on or before December 15, 2018.

    The Spring Practice regulations are reprinted below–

    Each football school may conduct ten (10) spring practice periods of not more than two (2) hours in length and […]

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    12/03/18- First Phase (T35 Report) Open for Title IX Reporting Entry for 2018-19

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The initial phase of entry for the 2018-2019 Title IX Reports, the ability to enter the financial information from 2017-18 to be entered on the form T-35, is available and online at schools.khsaa.org. There have only minimal changes based on the great cooperation and feedback from the membership.

    T35 EMPHASIS POINTS

    There has been a continual effort to eliminate inconsistent information that has been entered on that form, and the following points are emphasized:

    • Entry for the T35 is now open. Login to http://schools.khsaa.org and begin entry when you are ready.
    • The T35 requires you to enter 2017-2018 expense information, as it has been audited within your school and district.
    • Your previous Annual Reports can be quickly reviewed in the KHSAA School Subdomain (the login page) by clicking on the tab labeled Past Title IX Annual Reports, in case you want to review past submissions.
    • The T35 is to be entered with all KHSAA sanctioned […]

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    11/20/18- Kentucky Student-Athletes Invited to Apply for 2019 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year

    2018-2019 News Releases

    Kentucky senior student-athletes with ties to agriculture may apply for one of six scholarships and the honor of being recognized as a 2019 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.

    The program is a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

    “Students who participate in athletics and work in agriculture must juggle work, sports, and studies to achieve their goals,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This program is a way we can recognize their hard work and sacrifice while helping them continue their education.”

    “Our office is always looking for more ways to honor and recognize the hard work of student-athletes, and we are certainly appreciative of the Department of Agriculture for its sponsorship of this program,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We realize agriculture students have a lot of responsibilities to balance, and we are thrilled to be able to highlight them for their accomplishments.”

    To […]

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    11/20/18-Applications Being Accepted for Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for 18-19

    2018-2019 News Releases

    When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service. The award process for 2018-2019 is now underway.

    Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through Friday, January 12, 2019. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. Minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement and a member of the […]

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    11/20/18-Revisions, Clarifications and Reminders about Students Practicing/Playing While Ineligible

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    At the 2018 KHSAA Annual Meeting, the membership approved several changes to the bylaws regarding eligibility which the staff will begin to work through the promulgation process mandated by the legislature in the coming weeks. We are hopeful that these changes will be adopted and implemented for final inclusion in the 2019-20 Handbook sometime early next summer. This communication relates ONLY to Proposal 2018-03. Any changes contained in 2018-01, 2018-02 and 2018-04 will need final legislative approval in the spring of 2019 before implementation.

    One of the approved changes was contained in Proposal 2018-03, which is detailed on page two of the document at https://khsaa.org/annualmeeting/20182019/annualmeetingproposals.pdf. This change would place into the regulation the provision that it is school choice as to whether a student with a pending ruling (original or appeal) could be allowed to practice with the team (including scrimmages). This change was part regulatory and part interpretation, as the provisions restricting such […]

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    11/18/18- Update on Golf Alignment and Tournament Format Project

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    It is recommended that this information is shared with all those that are interested, including coaches while realizing that any official response from the member school should come from the Designated Representative per Bylaw 1.

    For its last two meetings, and beginning with discussion during the 2017-18 school year, the Board of Control has been reviewing the golf program within the Association. Realignment is long overdue and the Board and staff have spent a great deal of time discussing the state golf tournament and the best way to qualify teams and individuals. The current system has been in place for many years, and certainly merits review.

    Following this latest Board meeting, it is evident that the membership needs to be updated on the progress and processes going forward.

    First and foremost, it is IMPERATIVE that the membership complete the survey that was submitted to the schools in early November. To complete the survey, go to […]

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    10/24/18- New Feature in School System to Create Academic All State Certificates

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    After receiving considerable positive feedback at this year’s regional meetings, the feature has been added to the school login system to create the Academic All-State Certificates at your school. This will allow member schools to print these awards at the school and not have to worry about maintaining stock in pre-printed certificates, etc.

    The feature has been added to the menu on the school login page where the Athletic Director, Principal or Designated Representative maintains the overall Athletic roster for the school (not the sport specific roster maintenance occasionally assigned to coaches). Simply login to the school system at https://schools.khsaa.org/

    On the school login page, third menu group from the top on the left, select Maintain/View/Print Rosters, then select Maintain Overall Athletic Roster, and in the top part of the screen, select Generate Academic All-State Certificates. You will then select the team, and designate whether the student is First Team (cumulative 3.75 or better on a 4.0 scale) […]

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    10/08/18- UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Seeks Nominations for Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year

    2018-2019 News Releases

    UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, through its partnership with the KHSAA, seeks nominations for the Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year, meeting the following criteria:

    • The nominee must have overcome illness or injury that affected their ability to participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports.
    • The nominee must have returned to their sport(s) and demonstrated excellence and achievement beyond expectations.
    • The nominee must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field.
    • The nominee must be in verified good academic standing with their school.
    • The nominee must have participated and been a member of an athletic team during the 2017-2018 academic year.
    • Nominations shall be submitted by December 30, 2018, to the KHSAA through the link at http://khsaa.org/ge36-uk-healthcare-comeback-athlete-of-the-year/.

    Nominees will be automatically forwarded to UK HealthCare and the Sports Medicine Staff for review and selection.

    • The selection committee, consisting of athletic trainers from each region across the state, will […]

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    10/08/18- 2018-2019 Basketball Rules Clinic Available Online for Officials and Coaches

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Basketball is now available following a minimal delay for system maintenance. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

    Because of the nature of this year’s rules changes and especially, points of emphasis, coaches you are potentially placing your team at a competitive disadvantage if you delay/put off/procrastinate the completion of this clinic. Officials, your failure to stay on top of these key changes will likely lead to administrative errors. It is an unusual year with minimal rules changes, but those that were made impact game administration.

    For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

    For officials, […]

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    10/01/18 – Soccer District/Region Instructions

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Instructions for the KHSAA Soccer District/Region Tournaments are now posted on the KHSAA website. You can view these instructions by clicking on the following link:

    CLICK HERE TO READ DISTRICT/REGION INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL

    You can find additional information on the KHSAA website on the Soccer page under “District Tournament Instructions and Information” and “Region Tournament Instructions and Information” respectively.

    – KHSAA –

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

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    09/28/18 – National High School Activities Month to Spotlight Benefits of High School Activity Programs

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 28, 2018) — The annual celebration of National High School Activities Month begins next week for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its 51 state high school associations. The month-long celebration in October offers the NFHS membership and the nation’s schools an opportunity to recognize the contributions and benefits young people experience by participation in sports and performing arts.

    Each week of the October celebration places an emphasis on vital aspects of high school activity programs. Those areas include National Sportsmanship, Fan Appreciation and Public-Address Announcers Week (October 1-6), National Performing Arts Activities Week (October 7-13), National Coaches/Sponsors/Advisors/Officials Week (October 14-20) and National Community Service/Youth Awareness Week (October 21-27).

    National High School Activities Month serves as a reminder to students, parents, coaches, officials and others in communities across the country about the values and benefits of high school activity programs. Additionally, the month-long celebration assists in addressing society’s […]

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    09/17/18 – Reminders About Bylaw 11 – Financial Aid

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As the school year is underway, the KHSAA wanted to remind Administrators, Athletic Directors, coaches, student-athletes and parents about Bylaw 11, which outlines the parameters for permissible and impermissible financial aid for student-athletes participating in KHSAA sanctioned sports or sport-activities. Financial Aid, as defined by the membership within this bylaw, is any and all aid given to a student which reduces tuition, including awards, grants, work-study, reductions and waivers.

    It is worth reminding you that a student becomes ineligible to participate if he/she is more than sixty (60) days deficient in the payment of tuition, necessary fees, cost and other charges for attending a member school without corresponding documentation or a revised needs analysis form.

    This bylaw also defines both this and other examples of impermissible aid and is available in its entirety here: https://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20182019/bylaw11.pdf

    Please contact Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) […]

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    Regional BK Officials Rotation (Updated 7/31/18)

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    09/13/18- Reminder about Annual Meeting

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    With the KHSAA Annual Meeting of schools next week, this reminder about designating the delegate for your school.

    DELEGATE DESIGNATION AND OTHER DETAILS

    If you haven’t already done so, please be sure and designate your school’s delegate.  To submit the name of your delegate, go to https://khsaa.org/082818-2018-khsaa-annual-meeting-reminder/ gives complete instructions.

    Please contact the Commissioner’s office if you need further instructions.

    For a copy of the most up to date information, including the latest list of delegates and a copy of the proposals, visit the KHSAA website and select Annual Meeting from the Day to Day menu at the top of the page.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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    09/06/18 – “Protecting Students from Abuse” Online Course Available Through NFHS Learning Center

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 6, 2018) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), in collaboration with the U.S. Center for SafeSport (The Center), has developed an online education course titled “Protecting Students from Abuse,” which is available at no cost on the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

    In an effort to assist schools in creating an enjoyable and safe environment for students, the course presents definitions of several types of abusive behaviors and misconduct, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse, and the ways in which someone can report these behaviors. The course also includes some “DOs and DON’Ts” for making a report.

    The “Protecting Students from Abuse” course was developed from the training offered by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, whose vision is “to make sure that athletes are safe, supported and strengthened through sports.” The organization addresses bullying, harassment, hazing, as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse […]

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    08/31/18 – Midway University/KHSAA Golf Female Student Athlete of the Year Nomination Now Open

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year for girls’ golf is now open.

    This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one female participant from each 2018-2019 team.

    Nominations must come from a member school, but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at http://khsaa.org/ge79-midway-universitykhsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

    The winner will be presented her award at a banquet at Midway University in May 2019.

    Deadline for nominations for girls’ golf will be Friday, Sept. 14.

    -KHSAA-

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/news-and-information/sports-blogs/

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    08/28/18 – Competitive Cheer Online Rules Clinic Now Available for Coaches

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sports activity of Competitive Cheer was available beginning Monday, Aug. 27. The clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman) and whether or not the coach receives pay.

    For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

    August 27 to September 29 – the Competitive Cheer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    September 30 to October 19 – the Competitive Cheer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
    October 20 – November 2 – the Competitive Cheer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw […]

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    08/28/18- Advanced Athletic Director Training Institute

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is intended for all KHSAA member school Superintendents, Principals, and Athletic Directors and the links can be forwarded as needed.

    ATHLETIC DIRECTOR INSTITUTE

    The 2018 KHSAA Athletic Director Institute will be held at the KHSAA offices in Lexington on Tuesday, September 18. Designed for ADs of all experience levels, this meeting will begin with registration around 8:30, conclude before 3:00. A light lunch (sandwich box, etc.) will be provided by the KHSAA for those who register prior to September 13. There will be a short break following this meeting and then those who optionally choose to do so may choose to attend the expanded training being offered by the KHSADA that evening.

    The KHSAA staff will conduct the first portion of the meeting which should afford our newer and veteran ADs an in-depth review of all 27 KHSAA Bylaws, a review of required forms and procedures and other vital segments to allow for continuous improvement. […]

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    08/28/18- 2018 KHSAA Annual Meeting Reminder

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is intended for all KHSAA member school Superintendents, Principals, and Athletic Directors and the links can be forwarded as needed.

    ANNUAL MEETING

    This reminder that the 2018 Annual Meeting of the membership of the KHSAA is to be held on Wednesday, September 19 in the Bluegrass Ballroom on the third floor at the Lexington Center (High Street level, adjacent to the concourse of Rupp Arena). Final agenda is being published as it becomes final in the coming days, but the meeting is expected to begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET. and conclude not later than 12:30 p.m. Details and requirements for the Annual Meeting Delegate are summarized below. To submit the name of your delegate, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ge38-annual-meeting-delegate-designation/

    ANNUAL MEETING DELEGATE DESIGNATION

    The Annual Meeting has continuous improvement/leadership training opportunities throughout the morning as members work to carve out the best plan of action for the future and then the meeting concludes as delegates convene to […]

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    08/27/18- KHSAA Partners with CPR of Indiana and KMA to Promote Rare Discounted AED program

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As has been noted to the attendees at the fall Regional Meetings, the KHSAA is proud to partner with the CPR Institute of Indiana to offer the chance for member schools to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at a deeply discounted price for a limited time. The program has been accepted by the KHSAA Sports Medicine Committee (member doctors of the KMA) and the price is the product of great work between CPR Institute and the NFHS Foundation.

    A product flier with complete details is located on the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/sportsmedicine/Kentucky%20Document%20for%20Philips%20AED%20Units.pdf

    The cost of the units is $700 per unit, plus applicable shipping. For those interested in comparing prices, you can see the same package at https://americanaed.com/products/complete-aed-packages/philips-heartstart-onsite

    The Philips On-Site Kits Include:

    • Philips On-Site AED with carrying case
    • Alarmed Wall Cabinet
    • Adult Pads
    • Pchat Rescue Kit
    • Peds Pads * ( if the facility has children under 50lbs) Additional cost.
    • Five (5) year Lithium-Ion […]

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    08/27/18 – KHSAA Participation Numbers Reach Record Levels In 2017-18

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2018

    Student-athlete participation in Kentucky High School Athletic Association sports and sport-activities reached record levels in 2017-18 with 106,214 rostered participants across the KHSAA’s 13 sports and five sport-activities. Participation has increased by 6.6% since the 2012-13 season, with an increase of 6,571 rostered participants over the last five years, buoyed by the addition of five sport-activities (Archery, Bass Fishing, Bowling, Competitive Cheer and Dance) and the sport of Field Hockey. KHSAA participation in 2017-18 was also boosted by the continued growth of the Unified Track & Field and Unified Bowling programs.

    Despite a drop in 463 rostered participants from 2016-17 to 2017-18, Football remains the most popular sport in the state in terms of participation with 13,304 student-athletes across all levels (33 females) playing for 221 schools. At the varsity-only level, football participation dropped 214 student-athletes between the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Part […]

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    08/24/18- Reminder about Title IX Specific Workshops

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As was previously announced at our Regional Meetings, the KHSAA will be conducting a Title IX Workshop on Thursday, September 6, at 8:30 a.m. ET  at Valley High School in Louisville and Tuesday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m. ET at Somerset High School. The focus of this meeting will be the elements of Title IX as it relates to the management of the interscholastic athletic program. To register for the workshop, please visit http://khsaa.org/ge67-regional-meeting-registration/. There is no charge for attendees.

    The workshop should be extremely beneficial for all member schools, especially as schools prepare for re-visits during the coming years. Registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. EILA Credit has been applied for in order to help the appropriate administrators who attend and in addition, this meeting will count three (3) hours toward the Bylaw 25 required hours for Athletic Directors.

    Covered in the workshop will be a review of Title IX […]

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    08/22/18- Basketball Interpretation Relative to Bylaw 9 Due to Changes in NCAA Women’s Recruiting Calendar

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Due to changes in the NCAA recruiting calendar for women, an interpretation is necessary to KHSAA Bylaw 9 and this interpretation supersedes Case Situation BL-9-6 from the 2017-18 KHSAA Handbook.

    Bylaw 9 states that athletes who have previously BOTH been enrolled in grade nine and then subsequently represented a KHSAA member in a contest or scrimmage, cannot play in an organized basketball game from the first day of classes for the student body through the first day of practice (October 15).

    There are two exceptions for females. The relative provisions are contained in Bylaw 9. These provisions state –
    (3) Permissible competition by females during this period shall include:
    a. permitted evaluations held at nonscholastic women’s basketball events during the weekend designated for evaluation by NCAA coaches; and
    b. attendance at a one-day exposure event during the period beginning with the first date of the NCAA women’s recruiting period (contact and evaluation periods) […]

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    06/06/18 – Three Revised Online Courses, Including “Concussion in Sports,” Available for Free on NFHS Learning Center

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    NFHS NEWS RELEASE

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 6, 2018) — In an ongoing effort to educate high school coaches, student-athletesand parents regarding all aspects of concussions, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have revised the free “Concussion in Sports” online course available on the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

    The “Concussion in Sports” course, which was originally launched in 2010, has been the most popular course on the Learning Center, with more than 2.2 million courses delivered in the past eight years. The free course aims to educate coaches and others on the significance of concussions, how to recognize their signs and symptoms, how to respond to a suspected concussion and the proper steps to help players return safely after recovering.

    The revision to the course, which is hosted by Michael Koester, M.D., chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC), provides updated […]

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    08/02/18- Vacancy Announcement for Classified Support Staff Position(s)

    2018-2019 News Releases

    ** NOTICE REVISED 8/14/18 **

    The KHSAA, a private, non-profit entity designated by the Kentucky Board of Education to manage high school sports and sport-activities in the Commonwealth, has an immediate need to fill at least one opening on its support (classified) staff. This non-administrative (clerical/secretarial) opening(s) will be filled as soon as possible and is anticipated to be a regular, part-time position with a 25-hour per week work schedule, as an Administrative Events Coordinator-2.If the successful applicant holds a college degree, the position could be converted to a full-time position as an Administrative Support Specialist. 

    The KHSAA operates regular business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and this position(s) will normally operate within that schedule.

    The position(s) is a support staff position (clerical/secretarial/administrative support) and reports directly to the Office Manager. Duties shall include:

    • Daily posting and facilitation of licensing for the 4,000 KHSAA licensed officials;
    • Facilitating the billing, collection, and […]

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    08/13/18 – HYPE Student Conference Registration Now Open

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Registration is now open for the 2018 KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences. 

    DATES
    Monday, August 27 – Lexington Convention Center (430 W. Vine St., Lexington, next to Rupp Arena) – Bluegrass Ballroom

    Tuesday, August 28 – Lexington Convention Center (430 W. Vine St., Lexington, next to Rupp Arena) – Heritage Ballroom (downstairs)

    COST
    There is no charge to attend.  Schools are responsible for transportation and any meals.

    REGISTER
    To register, use the following link: https://schools.khsaa.org/ge48-2018-hype-conference-registration/

    LUNCH
    Lunch will be “on your own”.

    ATTENDEES
    Each school may select up to 18 individuals to attend.  Registration is first-come-first-served and the Lexington Conference traditionally is at capacity.  Those that have attended a conference previously are not eligible to attend.

    SCHEDULE
    8:30-8:55 a.m. – Registration
    9-9:20 a.m. – Opening Session
    9:30-10:20 a.m. – Breakout Session #1
    10:30-11:20 a.m. – Breakout Session #2
    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. – Breakout Session […]

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    08/06/18 – 2018 Soccer Online Rules Clinic Now Available

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Soccer is available beginning today, August 6. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches at the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen levels, regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay.

    For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

    For officials, login to the officials’ subdomain at https://officials.khsaa.org/

    COACHES

    • August 3 to September 3 (Coaches) – the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    • September 4 to September 23 (Coaches) – the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
    • September 24 to October 7 (Coaches) […]

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    08/06/18 – Volleyball Online Rules Clinic for Coaches & Officials Now Available

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Volleyball is available beginning today, August 6. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

    For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

    For officials, login to the officials’ subdomain at https://officials.khsaa.org/

    OFFICIALS

    August 6 to September 2 (Officials) – the Volleyball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    September 3 to September 22 (Officials) – the Volleyball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
    September 23 to September 29 (Officials) – the Volleyball Clinic will […]

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    08/06/18-2018 Football Rules Clinic Available Online for Officials and Coaches

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is now available following a minimal delay for system maintenance. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

    Because of the nature of this year’s rules changes, coaches you are placing your team at a competitive disadvantage if you delay/put off/procrastinate the completion of this clinic. Officials, your failure to stay on top of these key changes will likely lead to administrative errors. It is an unusual year with minimal rules changes, but those that were made are not only safety-related, but impact game administration.

    For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules […]

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    08/02/18 – Varsity/UCA Cheer Judge Training Information

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The KHSAA has again partnered with Varsity (UCA) with regard to the training and assignment of judges for the 2018 competitive cheer season.  

    There will be two in-person training dates:

    SESSION 1
    Saturday, August 25
    Warren East High School
    6867 Louisville Road
    Bowling Green, KY 42101
    1:00 p.m. (CT)

    SESSION 2
    Sunday, August 26
    KHSAA Office
    2280 Executive Drive
    Lexington, KY 40505
    1:00 p.m. (ET)

    Please contact Hank Light hlight@varsity.com for register for either clinic or to ask any questions pertaining to the training.

    – KHSAA –

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/news-and-information/sports-blogs/  

     

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    08/01/18- Memo and Update to KHSAA Football Assigning Secretaries

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    7-PERSON MECHANICS

    • I have waited on the NFHS for most of the summer, originally expecting their new 7-person manual back in May only to find last week at our meeting that the publication likely won’t be ready until September. It is somewhat of a long story, but suffice it to say that re-formatting the drafts from the Manual Committee into the standard NFHS format has taken a lot longer than they expected. However, the fundamentals are included in the attached document.
    • Consider that the front sections, etc. are the same as the four and five-person manuals, let’s focus on field coverage.
    • Attached you will find the framework from the TSSAA that the committee was using for the development of their mechanics.
    • We will use these mechanics without deviation with the exception that we will switch sidelines at half.
    • No local experiments, no adjustments, straight by this publication.
    • You have attached a copy of the mechanics […]

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    07/31/18 – Reminder About Bylaw 9 Restrictions

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As the summer comes to a close, the KHSAA wanted to remind Athletic Directors, coaches, student-athletes, and parents about Bylaw 9, which has been in place for many years. Bylaw 9 restricts student-athletes in basketball and football, who after enrolling in grade nine (9) and have subsequently been a contestant in either sport at some level, from playing in outside competition once the school year begins and until the end of the season. This bylaw places a restriction on nonschool athletic participation in an attempt to protect students who choose to participate on their school’s athletic teams from exploitation by those who seek to capitalize on their skill and/or reputation.

    Recent changes in the bylaw do allow permissible competition by student-athletes across the Commonwealth. Please make yourself comfortable with the bylaw and read it in its entirety here: https://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20172018/bylaw9.pdf. The bylaw outlines what is permissible for student-athletes.

    Please contact Asst. Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) if you have […]

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    07/20/18- Coach Qualification and Requirement Reminders

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As another year starts, and with the tremendous turnover in school administrators, it is critical that the requirements for coaches are rigidly complied with by our member schools. While adherence is a membership requirement that all schools have signed pledging agreement and compliance with, and the requirements are included in Bylaw 25, most are also part of state law or regulation. In addition to penalties by the KHSAA under Bylaw 27, failure to comply places the school and school district in a particularly perilous situation should any unfortunate incident occur as the liability would be difficult to escape.

    References in this post are not intended to be all inclusive but are highlighting points to be reviewed in the context of the entire Bylaw and its published interpretations. The complete requirements are listed in Bylaw 25 and easily reviewed on the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20172018/bylaw25.pdf.

    The requirements apply to all coaches regardless of level (Level 1 or Level […]

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    07/17/18- Reminder about Bylaw 24 and Organized Boys’ Basketball Play in July

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    There were several inquiries today concerning boys’ basketball events in July. Schools are reminded that due to the provisions of Bylaw 24, there can be no organized play by boys’ basketball teams during July. This restriction does NOT apply to girls basketball. The complete bylaw is online at https://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20172018/bylaw24.pdf

    Per the Bylaw, “Students shall not participate in any organized team activity or organized or semi-organized team competition in boys’ basketball between the end of the dead period and July 31. During this period, students may participate in activities such as weight training, skill development, individual camps (with per team limits on participation) and accepted open gym/field activities where no inter-school competition is involved.”

    In essence, if more than two players are together on a school campus from the same boys’ team, there cannot be organized competition. The same would apply outside of the school grounds in summer leagues, etc. if three or more players are together in organized play (more than […]

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    07/17/18- 2018-2019 Regional Athletic Administrators Meetings of Membership

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This reminder is for all member school Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors within the KHSAA. 

    For the fall of 2018, the KHSAA will again conduct a series of eight regional meetings to help our athletic administrators meet the membership requirement of attending this type of meeting once per year.

    Per the membership guidelines, attendance is required of each school but is no longer specific to the principal or principal certification. The Principal or the Designated Representative listed on the KHSAA website will count toward each requirement. Also, this workshop is on the list of those items that satisfy the requirements for the continuing improvement hours for each Athletic Director per Bylaw 25. There is no registration fee.

    The content for the segments will include sessions on managing the coach and player data for your school, a review of the KHSAA Bylaws, an update on the operations and projects around the KHSAA and many required reports and […]

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    07/17/18 – Officials Division Updates- Assigning Secretary Contracts/Payments

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As we are now set to begin another year, please review the following changes that are now in place with regard to the KHSAA Officials Division:

    ASSIGNING SECRETARY CONTRACTS
    Fall Sports Assigning Secretaries contracts will be emailed the week of July 16.  Winter Sports will be emailed in September and Spring sports in January.  

    ASSIGNING SECRETARY PAY – OF116
    Assigners will no longer complete the OF116 Assigning Pay online form.  This form will be revised and submitted by the Regional Policy Board Chairs (RPBC).  The RPBC will be responsible for gathering the information and collecting payment from schools/local associations and submit the data through the OF116. 

    The KHSAA will then create an invoice for the Regional Policy Board (RPB) to be sent to the RPBC and then the RPBC will remit funds to the KHSAA.  The KHSAA will then issue payment to the Assigners.  This should help streamline the process and eliminate the […]

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    07/17/18 – Officials Division Updates- Scratches and Evaluations

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As we are now set to begin another year, please review the following changes that are now in place with regard to the KHSAA Officials Division:

    SCRATCHES
    The KHSAA Board of Control approved two changes with regard to scratches beginning in 2018-19. 

    Per the Federal Court Order of 1971, as amended in 1987, schools must be given an opportunity to scratch an official. However those limitations have been varied over the years and in many cases, have created near impossible situations for assigners to staff games or selective desires by coaches. Standardizing the number of scratches allows for their continued use in those limited situations where they are deemed essential without allowing for the “gamesmanship” that sometimes occurs within the system.

    Beginning this year, a coach/school may now have not less than two (2) and not more than (3) scratches in any sport.  Scratches must be denoted at the beginning of the year.  Local […]

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    07/10/18- Rosters Open for Entry for 2018-19

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Good afternoon. On behalf of our entire staff, we hope many of you as building and athletic administrators are back and ready to go after taking advantage of the only two “down” weeks of the athletics year with dead period!

    This year, there have been only minor changes to the required KHSAA online roster and the school management system. Rosters have been rolled from the previous year, and may now be edited for the coming seasons as well as sport and sport-activity offerings. Though there are minor enhancements being fine-tuned, there is no reason for a delay in entering and editing rosters. We will again conduct a thorough review of the system through demonstrations at the regional meetings and staff is available to assist at any time.

    STUDENTS MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN INTERSCHOLASTIC COMPETITION (including scrimmages and contests), AND SUCH SCRIMMAGES AND CONTESTS CANNOT BE HELD BY MEMBER SCHOOLS WITHOUT A VALID ROSTER BEING ONLINE! The KHSAA […]

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    06/24/18-Dead Period Reminders, Middle and High School

    2017-2018 News Releases

    This is being sent to all Principals, Athletic Directors, Superintendents and Coaches of Member High Schools. This is being sent via an electronic script and it is possible that direct replies will not be received by the sender.

    IT IS REQUESTED THAT ALL SUPERINTENDENTS AND PRINCIPALS, PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION ANY OF YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL CONTACTS AS THIS PERIOD APPLIES TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL AS WELL

    Dead Period Reminders for Middle and High School:

    • A reminder that the Dead Period for ALL sports and sport-activities starts at 12:00:01 a.m. on June 25 and goes through 11:59:59 p.m. on July 9.
    • There is to be no use of school facilities, team uniforms, team or equipment, transportation, coaches, personnel, maintained or producible log of student-activity or anything else related to the athletic program.
    • School funds may not be expended in support of interscholastic athletics in any KHSAA sanctioned sport during this […]

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    06/15/18- Reminders about Off Season Football Practice, Workouts and Equipment

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Recently, the KHSAA office staff has received several inquiries about football camps and other activities. As the summer vacation period continues, it seems prudent to issue a few reminders to keep everyone informed. None of these procedures have changed (with the exception of the scrimmage limits once contact begins), but with the massive turnover in coaches and the plethora of inquiries and perhaps spreading of misinformation, these reminders are essential.

    This is not intended to be all-inclusive as to the myriad of rules and regulations related to football practice. The complete regulations for football including per-day and per-week limitations are contained in the KHSAA bylaws at http://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20172018/bylaw23.pdf

    June 1-24

    • This is a period where no activity can be required of a student in the sport of football as it is outside of the season as defined in Bylaw 23.
    • No official team-based activities may be mandated or conducted (referenced in both Bylaw 23 and […]

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    06/15/18 – Cheer Competition Clarification/Survey Notes

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The staff at the KHSAA has been made aware of a survey that has been distributed to selected cheer coaches regarding a possible new statewide competition to be conducted by the State Coaches Association (KAPOS). It is likely that this survey information is being gathered with input from your coaches that is allegedly representing your school, and you as an athletic administrator are not yet aware. It is also our understanding that this survey has been orchestrated by a small segment of the members of that association and not by the entire Board of Directors of that organization, and as such, athletic administrators should be sure and make comprehensive inquiries about the situation from that organization.

    The distribution of this survey is NOT being done by the KHSAA but has resulted in a number of inquiries to the office about KHSAA cheer and cheer championships. For that reason, as Commissioner, I am distributing a few clarifications […]

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    06/01/18-Vacancy Announcement for Entry-Level Event Staff Position(s) (Regular, Full-time)

    2017-2018 News Releases

    Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
    Vacancy Announcement for the position of Event Management Specialist

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF RESUMES AND COVER LETTER FOR CONSIDERATION: JUNE 21, 2018

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is accepting applications for the position of Event Management Specialist. This is a new, entry-level position for the KHSAA with focused duties primarily around the championships conducted by the Association.

    RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

    • Work directly for the Commissioner of the Association as well as assisting the Associate Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners and other members of the staff.
    • Page layout for all KHSAA instructions related to managing the district, region, semi-state, and state championship events to include directives for managers, participating teams, workers and officials, including all aspects of design and mechanical production.
    • Compilation of material and records related to the site selections and seeding plans of all district and region tournaments in all championships.
    • Contact with and logistical arrangements for contest […]

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    06/13/18- Reminder about Official Ball Revision for Basketball

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    A second reminder to our schools about the change in basketballs for next season. The ball will remain Spalding, but the adopted ball shifts from a composite ball to a true leather. This was following feedback from a significant portion of the membership, including a recommendation of the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches.

    The requirement remains the same, the ball must simply be a Spalding basketball with the NFHS mark on it. However, the specifically named ball which will be provided to the regional tournaments and used in the state tournaments will be the TF-1000 Model 762648 for the boys and the TF-1000 Model 762658 for the girls.

    A brochure describing the ball is located on the KHSAA website at Spalding TF-1000 Flyer

    Schools should contact your Spalding sales rep for purchase. 

    – KHSAA –

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    06/06/18- Sport Activity Specific Dead Period Reminders

    Archery Blog Updates

    As the dead period approaches, it is important to remind all coaches about sport-activities (bowling, competitive cheer, dance, archery, bass fishing) during the dead period. The sport-activity specific contacts at the KHSAA are Michael Barren (mbarren@khsaa.org) for Archery; Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) for Bass Fishing, Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org) for Bowling and Dance; and Butch Cope (bcope@khsaa.org) for Cheer.

    Any participation by student-athletes during the dead period would be a violation of Bylaw 24 if the school were to be involved in any way, including coaching, transportation, funding, providing uniforms, use of school facilities, entering or using the school name or all other specifics mentioned in Bylaws 23, 24 or 25.

    Though individual participation itself by a student-athlete in a non-school or school-team based activity may not necessarily be a violation of KHSAA rules, the dates from June 25 – July 9, preclude any Kentucky school representative from participating in an event during […]

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    06/05/18 – Bylaw 6 (Transfer Rule) Reminders

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2018

    The KHSAA has received several inquiries from various parts of the state relative to the potential transferring of student-athletes among and between KHSAA member schools. With the end of the school year upon us, a few reminders concerning the rules and regulations should be highlighted.

    • The rules that govern students and their play are made by the member schools. The 280 member schools across the state comprise the KHSAA, not its 14 full-time staff members.
    • These rules have been approved as state regulation (therefore having the force of law) and are incorporated by reference as part of 702 KAR 7:065.

    Transfer rule

    05/20/18- eKnowledge SAT/ACT prep Project

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    For 14 years, eKnowledge SAT/ACT Prep Project have teamed up to donate over 225,000 programs worth over $55,000,000 to students and families in over 40 countries. The resource is available and they can get it at your landing page: www.eknowledge.com/KHSAA

    We wanted everyone to have access to the full array of SAT/ACT prep materials and we didn’t want money to be the reason why a student did not have access. Our goal: help families and student obtain superior SAT/ACT preparation programs for little or no cost. We constantly remind ourselves that without you, we have nothing.

    We would like to thank you for your continuous support in making the eKnowledge SAT/ACT Prep Project accessible to all your members and families. Please note that this resource can also be shared to friends or people you know who might benefit from this through your organization. 

    Also, we would like to let you know that the SAT/ACT Sponsorship […]

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    05/10/18 – Board Approves Changes to Dance Championships

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The KHSAA Board of Control, at its May Meeting, approved changes to the Dance postseason as well as approved the date and site for the 2018 State Dance Championships.

    Following the Oct. 1 declaration by participating schools, there will be four Sectional Competitions (Regions 1-4; 5-8; 9-12; 13-16) to qualify for the State Competition.  Based upon the number of teams in each section, an overall total of 16 teams from those sections will advance to the state competition.

    The Board approved the elimination of the Kick Division (only two squads entered last year) and will offer championships for the following Divisions:

    Jazz – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)
    Hip Hop – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)
    Pom – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)

    The 2018 KHSAA State Dance Championships will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.

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    05/10/18 – Board Finalizes Cheer Postseason

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The KHSAA Board of Control, at its May meeting, finalized changes to the structure and advancement to the competitive cheer postseason.  To assist in the prevention of automatic qualifiers at Region/State for cheer, the 16 regions will be combined to 8 sectional competitions. Per board action, Regions will be combined accordingly:

    1&2; 3&4; 5&6; 7&8; 9&10; 11&12; 13&14; 15&16. 

    Sections can alternate host sites (Region 1 one year and Region 2 site the next) or choose to have a permanent site based upon facility abilities and availability. The competition rules will stipulate the odd region listed in the alternation table would recommend the region site in the odd year, and the even region in the even year. Sites selected must be able to accommodate the historic crowds, similar to the criteria for the current basketball site selection.

    Athletic Administrators from both combined regions are responsible for making decisions such as ticket price, expenses and division of […]

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    05/02/18- NFHS Basketball Uniform Update and Interpretations

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Recently, we have had several inquiries regarding the placement of items on the basketball jersey per NFHS rules. Particularly references have been made to professional uniforms and the legality of such uniforms within the NFHS playing rules. A summary and related diagram is located online at http://www.nfhs.org/media/1018788/2017-18_basketball_uniforms.pdf

    Keep the following restrictions in mind, using the samples of Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys shown in this post as guides (not including the restriction on one visible manufacturer logo within the size restriction):

    Within the area below the neckline, only the following are allowed:

    • School Name- In the sample below, Cleveland is the name and is permitted, provided first and last letters are parallel, etc.
    • School Nickname- Not shown, but another uniform Cleveland uses has “Cavs”. This is what is meant by the school nickname.
    • School Logo Name- The corresponding in this example is Cavaliers. That would be legal. There is no allowance for a school logo, only […]

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    05/01/18 – The Inherent Risk of Sport Specialization

    2017-2018 News Releases

    By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

    One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting hurt.

    But not all injuries are caused by a twist, fall, collision or accident. Many are caused when young athletes repeat the same athletic activity so often that muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones don’t have time to recover—especially among middle school and high school students. These injuries can end promising careers, cost families tens of thousands of dollars, squash dreams and literally change lives.

    Examples include elbow and arm injuries […]

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    04/26/18 – Baseball-Softball Minimum Contests For Postseason Requirement

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Several schools in both baseball and softball have contacted the office recently to express concerns about the impact this spring’s weather conditions are having on their schedules. While those schools reaching out to our office originally had more than ten (10) contests scheduled, the constant inclement weather conditions this spring have obviously made it difficult to complete those games.

    In the competition rules for baseball and softball, there has long been a requirement that in order to be eligible for the postseason a member school must have a schedule of ten (10) or more contests. For those that seek clarification, this doesn’t require ten (10) contests to have been played.

    So long as a school is a member eligible for postseason play, they will be eligible for the postseason provided the school had an original schedule of at least ten (10) contests. 

    – KHSAA –

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to […]

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